FleetPride acquires Fleet Supply of Tallahassee

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FleetPride, an independent aftermarket distributor of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts, announced Monday, July 13, that it has completed the acquisition of Fleet Supply of Tallahassee (Fla.) Inc. The acquisition, terms of which were not released, includes a 11,300-square-foot warehouse and machine shop.

“Fleet Supply of Tallahassee has a strong local customer base that complements FleetPride’s strong national account presence,” says Pete Painter, FleetPride vice president and Southeast Region manager. “Previously, FleetPride was serving the southern Georgia and northern Florida markets through our branch in Dothan, Alabama. With the Tallahassee acquisition, we can now more readily provide the best customer service, expanded product inventory and faster delivery to all of our existing, as well as new, customers in the Florida Panhandle and its surrounding markets. We are pleased to welcome the Fleet Supply team members to the FleetPride family.”

With this acquisition, FleetPride — based in The Woodlands, Texas — now has nine locations throughout Florida. Fleet Supply of Tallahassee, previously owned by Van and Dorothy Johnson, has been in business since 1965. Van Johnson, who started his career with Fleet Supply at the age of 16, will stay on as branch manager.

“The acquisition of Fleet Supply of Tallahassee fits within FleetPride’s strategic plan to invest in established heavy-duty truck part suppliers in well-defined markets,” sys Mike Paxton, vice president of business development and strategic planning. “By acquiring a location in Tallahassee, FleetPride expands our coverage in northern Florida and southern Georgia while leveraging the existing infrastructure already in place in this region. We see an exciting growth-oriented future for FleetPride in Tallahassee.”